So the away-goals rule—implemented by UEFA in 1965—could well be done away with.
As the regulation’s many critics have pointed out in recent years, it is both illogical and counterproductive to persist with away goals as a tie-breaker, and while the rule may have served a purpose at one time, its usefulness has long since expired.
On Thursday, at a gathering of internationally renowned coaches in Nyon, Switzerland, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that away goals had been discussed at length.
“There was a bit of a debate about whether it has any significance today,” he remarked, as per The Guardian. “Some think it is not as important as it used to be.”
Count Arsene Wenger among that set.
“The weight of the away goal is too heavy, too big and is not justifiable anymore,” the Arsenal boss said last December, according to The Telegraph. “I think it is a problem in the modern game.”
He’s right, and over the next few slides we’ll examine why.
Here are five reasons why UEFA’s away-goals rule should be scrapped—ASAP.